This lecture will discuss common cognitive complications of Parkinson’s disease, treatment for these changes, and current research on the topic. This talk will introduce concepts such as Parkinson’s disease dementia and Lewy body dementia. We will focus on identifying these symptoms and what medications and alternative therapies can be used to help. Dr. Heffernan will also discuss mental health complications of Parkinson’s disease and the best way to understand and treat those symptoms as well.
Dr. Heffernan received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Bethel College in central Kansas. She went to medical school at the University of Kansas and completed her residency training at the University of Colorado, serving as chief resident in her fourth year. She is a board-certified neurologist who is completing subspeciality training in Movement Disorders at the University of Colorado. She has a special interest in the cognitive associations with Parkinson’s diseae.
This event is being hosted by the Parkinson Association of the Rockies.